Putnam County's economic profile is a result of a down-home quality of life, proud residents that call Putnam home, and a strong business community. Whether you come for the fishing, golf, shopping or historic homes, there is a little something for everyone.
Known as the "Dairy Capital of Georgia" – in honor of its major industry, dairy farming – the community holds “The Annual Putnam County Dairy Festival” usually mid-year on the streets surrounding the Putnam County Courthouse.
Sponsored by the Pilot Club of Eatonton, the festival not only pays tribute to the county's dairy industry, but a number of activities bring many people to the county, including arts and crafts, a road race, a parade, barbeque, speakers and entertainment. For more details on the festival and things to see and do in the community, visit: http://eatonton.com/visit/
The community has a thriving downtown shopping district which lends support to the two industrial parks located within the city limits. Additional retail, dining and lodging options are located throughout Putnam County form Lake Sinclair to Lake Oconee.
Notable citizens of the area include Vincent Hancock, Olympic gold medalist in Men's skeet shooting at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
The city was the birthplace of several noted writers, such as Alice Walker, author of The Color Purple, and Joel Chandler Harris, journalist and author of the Uncle Remus stories.
It also honors S. Truett Cathy, founder of the successful fast food Chick-fil-A restaurants.
Historically, the Rock Eagle Effigy Mound, a Native American archaeological site, is located adjacent to Georgia 4-H's Rock Eagle 4-H Center north of the city. Rock Hawk Effigy Mound is located just to the east.
These are the only such sites discovered in Georgia east of the Mississippi River and were made by the Mississippian peoples who inhabited the area 900-1500 A.D.
Putnam County School District
The Putnam County School District holds grades pre-school to grade 12, consisting of one primary school, an elementary school, a middle school, a high school, and an alternative school. The district has 165 full-time teachers and over 2,474 students.
Putnam County Primary School
Putnam County Elementary School
Putnam County Middle School
Putnam County High School
Putnam County Achievement Academy
Gatewood School is a private school with Christian values located in Putnam County. The school has grades pre-k through grade 12. Gatewood opened in 1970 is a member of the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) and competes in 20 sports. The school has 443 students and averages 30 students per grade.